Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is aiming to make his international comeback in the upcoming Test series against the West Indies later this month.
Tamim had initially hoped to return for the second Test against Zimbabwe in Mirpur, but is still recovering from the fractured wrist he suffered in the opening game of the Asia Cup in September.
During that match against Sri Lanka, which Bangladesh won by 137 runs, Tamim heroically returned to bat one-handed when his side were nine down.
“I think I will be fit for the first Test [against the West Indies],” Tamim was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I always wanted to play the second Test against Zimbabwe, at least that was the plan three or four weeks ago. I am not ready. I don’t think the physio will even permit me. It has just been three days of batting against spin bowling and the dog-stick. It is actually semi-batting what I am doing right now. Unless I start full-fledged nets, it won’t be fair for the team to declare myself fit.”
While he has taken great strides in making a full recovery, Tamim conceded that he still feels discomfort when playing a few shots.
“Today [Thursday] is probably the third day that I am batting. I haven’t had a full net session,” he said. “There’s a lot of difference between playing 130-140kph and playing against spin and the dog-stick. As of now, things are looking very positive. In the next three days, there’s going to be a full net session, after which I can tell where I am at.”
While Tamim was disappointed that Bangladesh lost to Zimbabwe in the first Test in Sylhet, he is backing his teammates to bounce back in the second Test.
“They will bounce back. I know that we didn’t play our best cricket. We are a much better team than this,” he said. “It is a fact that we haven’t performed in Tests, like we have done in ODIs. I don’t think any of our team members said that we have become a very strong Test team.
“But it is also true that we have started to play better Test cricket than five years ago. We have defeated two of the best sides in the world. But our West Indies Test series wasn’t good at all. Our graph in Test cricket hasn’t gone as high as we’d liked.”
The Test series between Bangladesh and the West Indies gets underway on November 22 in Chittagong.